The FAME Center at Cardozo, through its unique access to companies and professionals throughout the fashion, arts, media and entertainment industries, provides unprecedented training and development opportunities relating to the representation of businesses driven by the creative process.
The FAME Center offers rigorous academic coursework, as well as externships, clinics and symposia featuring industry leaders and practitioners, focused on the practical realities of counseling clients, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. The program is designed to teach students to confront business challenges which, in the era of social media and digital access, are evolving faster than ever before. Through a collaboration among Cardozo’s faculty, industry leaders and other institutions, the FAME Center provides unique insights into the intersection of law and business in the fashion, performing and visual arts, entertainment, sports, industrial design, media, and film industries.
Professor Barbara Kolsun, a leading fashion industry attorney with decades of experience, is the director of the FAME Center. A dynamic advisory board consisting of industry leaders helps shape the center's programs.
FAME Center Highlights:
The FAME Center builds on Cardozo’s renowned Intellectual Property and Information Law Program and its core curriculum focused on Trademark, Copyright and Patent Law, together with a variety of related coursework and activities. The center's faculty and advisory board have created programs that provide exposure to and practical experience in the myriad of subjects essential to counseling clients in this space – including employment law, technology and digital media, finance, tax, licensing, mergers & acquisitions, compliance and enforcement. The resulting curriculum offers unparalleled depth in subject-specific offerings that are critical to the creative industry. They include:
Fashion Coursework: Fashion Law, Advanced Fashion Law Drafting, Fashion Law Practicum (an advanced course pairing Cardozo students with students in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Masters program in Global Fashion Management). Related Programs: Fashion Law Society, Fashion Law Talks.
Art Coursework: Art Law, Art Law Field Clinic, Cultural Heritage, Remedies for Wartime Compensation, Art Law Holocaust Restitution Clinic. Related Programs: Art Law Society, Art Law Society Speaker Series
Media Coursework: Media Law, Advertising Law, Music Law, Privacy Law, Social Media Law;,Internet Law, Sports Law Technology Policy, Privacy Law Seminar. Related Programs: The Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society; Monroe Price Media Law Moot Court Competition; BMI Moot Court Competition; Sports & Entertainment Law Society.
Entertainment Coursework: Entertainment Law, Music Law; Sports Law, Social Media Law, Internet Law; Technology Policy, Law & Film, Indie Film Clinic. Related Programs: The Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society; BMI Moot Court Competition; Sports & Entertainment Law Society; The Indie Film Clinic.
Finally, because of the close association between the Fame Center's team and leading industry practicioners and companies, the Fame Center provides unmatched opportunties for extraordinary externships providing practical experience and training, including at: BBC, Christies, DC Entertainment, Forbes, Macy's Inc., Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Atlantic Records (Warner Music Group), the American Society of Composers, Artists and Publishers (ASCAP), Authentic Brands Group, Brooklyn Nets, Birchbox, Burberry, CBS, Chanel, Coach, David Yurman, Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, FilmNation, FINRA, Giorgio Armani, Harry Fox Agency, J.Crew, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Mandalay Entertainment Group, Marvel, Michael Kors, National Media Group, Prada, Razor & Tie LLC, RCA/ Sony Music Entertainment, Roc Nation, SAG-AFTRA, Shopkeep, SONY Music Group, Soul Cycle, Starwood Capital, Stuart Weitzman, Reuters, Tuff City Records, Universal Music Group, VanerMedia, Viacom Inc.
Fashion law courses are taught by Barbara Kolsun, a fashion industry go-to lawyer on counterfeiting and trademark. The following offerings are available to students who are interested in fashion law:
Students who are interested in film law learn the ins and outs of the filmmaking process through the Indie Film Clinic, which provides free legal services to New York filmmakers producing independent, documentary and student films. Film law offerings include:
Cardozo offers many opportunities for students to learn about the art law field. The Art Law Society, a student organization, helps coordinate activities in the arts including conferences and a regular speaker series. The Art Law Field Clinic places students at museums such as the Whitney and auction houses such as Christie's and Sotheby's, among other cultural institutions.
Art Law Society
Art Law Society Speaker Series
Students can learn about entertainment law in a variety of ways at Cardozo. The Sports & Entertainment Law Student Association focuses on the television, music, film, sports and fashion industries, and the club sets up networking events with industry members. Sports and entertainment law is comprised of a complex mix of many disciplines including contracts and licensing law, intellectual property law, torts and agency law.
Sports & Entertainment Law Students Association
BMI Moot Court Competition
Cardozo Sports Law Symposium
Students interested in communications law and policy may take courses and apply for fellowships in media law. With a strong focus on transnational studies and the application of new technologies, the program offers symposia and panel discussions on media, the arts, entertainment, as well as moot court competitions focusing on topics in international media law such as the legal issues involving social media during civil unrest, and the tension between free speech and public security in unstable democracies.
, Director of The FAME Center, is a leading fashion industry attorney, an adjunct professor of fashion law at Cardozo School of Law, and co-editor of the seminal text on the subject, Fashion Law – A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives and Attorneys (Bloomsbury, 2nd Edition, 2014). She is a consultant to fashion companies and has taught at NYU and Fordham Law Schools. Barbara has served as General Counsel of Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman and Seven for All Mankind, and was Assistant General Counsel of Westpoint Stevens and Calvin Klein Jeans. While in private practice, her clients included Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Kolsun currently consults with fashion companies on various issues, and was honored with lifetime achievement awards in 2015 by both the Luxury Summit in London and the World Trademark Forum at INTA. She has served as Chairman of the Board of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition and has spoken and been published widely on fashion law around the world. Barbara is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Lee S. Sporn is Of Counsel with Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP in its Intellectual Property Law practice, where he focuses on clients in the luxury goods, fashion and retail industries. He is an internationally renowned intellectual property and corporate lawyer and a leader in the fashion and retail law industry. Mr. Sporn has over 25 years of experience in the fashion industry, having recently retired as Senior Vice President - Business Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary of Michael Kors Holdings Limited, where he was at various times responsible for its legal, human resources, store design, construction and facilities departments. Prior to joining Kors in 2003, he was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel at Kasper A.S.L., Ltd., then owner of the Anne Klein and Kasper brands, and prior to that Lee was at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation for 11 years, where he served as Vice President, Intellectual Property and Associate General Counsel, responsible for worldwide intellectual property enforcement, licensing and a wide variety of commercial and compliance matters. He was a Professor from Practice at Cardozo Law School where he was instrumental in the creation and co-director, with Barbara Kolsun, of the FAME Center. Mr. Sporn is a contributor to Fashion Law, A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives & Attorneys (Fairchild Books, 2014), and was the co-editor of the seminal treatise Trademark Counterfeiting (Aspen Law & Business, 1999). Lee is a past Chairman of the International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition and served on its board of directors and executive committee for over a decade, and in May of 2016 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Luxury Law Awards in London.
is Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel at HBO, and is an adjunct professor at Cardozo School of Law, teaching Media and Entertainment Law. For over 30 years she has shaped one of TV’s most powerful and unique brands. From HBO's earliest years, she has been the lawyer behind the deal making that helped put the pioneering pay TV venture on the map. Viviane led negotiations for some of HBO’s first film acquisition deals, which built the network into TV’s go-to spot for feature-length movies. She worked on HBO original series deals and led the major affiliation agreements when HBO launched Cinemax. Viviane helped expand the original content business with HBO Home Entertainment division. She has structured HBO’s most significant deals in overseas markets. Most recently Viviane was involved in a landmark digital transaction licensing HBO's catalogue of original programming to Amazon to be viewed via Internet by Amazon Prime customers. Viviane is also responsible for content and production issues pertaining to documentaries and news programming. Prior to her work at HBO she spent four years as a lawyer for the Proskauer Rose firm. She received her master of laws degree from Columbia Law School.
is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of the National Hockey League. He is responsible for overseeing the NHL's Legal Group, providing advice and counsel on a wide variety of matters. He is involved with negotiating and the on-going administration and enforcement of the NHL/NHL Players Association collective bargaining agreement, grievance arbitrations, financing and commercial real estate transactions, labor, employment and litigation matters. David is involved in the League’s business and administrative matters, including the League’s internal compliance plan. Prior to joining the NHL, David was an attorney with the law firm of Proskauer Rose. He received his JD from Boston University School of Law.
is the Chairman of Americas Christie’s. Marc has led most of Christie's complex transactions in the Americas over the past decade in both the auction and private sale arena. He has overseen the transformation of the company into an integrated global art business. Among his many achievements, Marc introduced Christie’s first-ever series of online sales as part of the sale of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, the most valuable collection of jewelry and fashion sold at auction. He studied at Cardozo School of Law for one year and went on to graduate from Yale Law School.
Waleed Diab is Senior Counsel for Music across Google products and services, which include YouTube and Google Play. He is primarily responsible for negotiating, drafting and advising deals in connection with Google's complex music licensing partnerships. He sets policies and guidelines in connection with a broad range of music and music-related initiatives. Previously, Waleed spent 6 years at Viacom, Inc. in the Business & Legal Affairs department working on music, television production and general entertainment transactions. At Viacom, Waleed served as Senior Counsel for Music Strategy and Relations at MTV Networks, setting policies for the use of music in MTV Networks’ programs, including CMT, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike and a variety of other Viacom properties. Waleed is a 2004 graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
has over 30 years’ experience in private equity, and as an entrepreneur. Currently, Rick is the Managing Partner of Perkal Street Partners, as well as a Senior Advisor and Consultant to Irving Place Capital, where he oversees four of their portfolio companies: Pet Supplies Plus, Cabi, Maximum Human Performance, and It’Sugar. Until July 2015, Rick was a Senior Managing Director and Partner of Irving Place Capital, where he focused on investments in the Retail and Consumer Sector. In 2009, he founded Star Avenue Capital, a lower middle-market investment partnership between Irving Place Capital and Creative Artists Agency, one of the leading talent agencies in the world. As an entrepreneur, Rick started three companies; Cartoon Cuts, the country’s first chain of children’s hair salons; Millenium Laser Eye Centers, the country’s first chain of laser eye surgery centers; and Willa, a direct-selling skin care company. Previously, Rick was a Senior Partner at the Washington D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis. He is on the board of directors at New York & Company (NYSE), Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE), Pet Supplies Plus, Cabi, Willa, and Cartoon Cuts, and is a former board member of Stuart Weitzman, Aeropostale, The Healthy Back Store, and Millenium Laser Eye Centers. Rick is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a member of the Board of Overseers at the law school.
is Director of Business Development at G-III Apparel Group Ltd., a leading clothing manufacturer and distributor. He is a member of G-III’s Board of Directors and has been Director of Strategic Planning since 2004. Jeffrey also serves as a director of the KIDS Fashion Delivers, a charitable organization that facilitates the donation of excess apparel inventory to disaster victims and people in need. Jeff is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and serves on the Cardozo Board of Overseers.
is Deputy Chair of Paul Weiss, a member of the firm’s management committee and a partner in the Finance Practice Group of the firm’s Corporate Department. Valerie advises clients on financing transactions in a wide range of industries, with a particular focus in the fashion, retail and luxury brand sectors. Valerie earned her JD from New York University School of Law. She is the co-author of the Fashion Finance chapter in Fashion Law (A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, & Attorneys), Second Edition (2014). She is a member of the Global Advisory Board of WILEF (Women In Law Empowerment Forum).
is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products Practice Group. Lois advises public and private companies, from start-ups to multinationals, on significant legal and business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital transactions, and license agreements. Lois was an American Lawyer “Dealmaker of the Year” in 2012. Lois is the Co-Author of Fashion Law and Business: Brands and Retailers (PLI 2013), has written more than 35 articles, is a frequent speaker at business and legal conferences, and has been quoted extensively by major business and legal publications. She earned her JD from Boston University Law School.
Daniel Dardani, Technology Licensing Officer, is a patent and licensing professional at the MIT Technology Licensing Office – the country’s premier technology transfer office. With over 12 years’ experience licensing a large and sophisticated portfolio of computer and software related technologies, Daniel has helped university inventors and outside entrepreneurs utilize and effectively develop university technologies into commercialization opportunities for many business ventures from startup companies to global corporations. Daniel is a Certified Licensing Professional, and also co-teaches a survey course on intellectual property matters at the Harvard Summer School. Before joining MIT, Daniel worked as a senior test engineer for a multinational telecommunications services company. Daniel has a BA in physics and a BA in political science both from the University of Rochester, and is finishing a master’s degree in the history of science at Harvard University.
Peter Mastrostefano is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Compliance Officer and Secretary of Kering Americas, Inc., a world leader in apparel and accessories consisting of a number of powerful luxury and sports & lifestyle brands, including, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, ChristopherKane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard – Perregaux, Jean Richard, Pomellato, Queelin, Ulysee Nardin, PUMA, Volcom and Cobra Golf. For over 15 years he has provided legal services to various brands within the Kering Group. Peter is responsible for overseeing the legal needs of Kering and its brands in North and South America. He is involved in numerous aspects of the business and routinely provides expertise in connection with celebrity and athlete endorsement matters, licensing, distribution, employment, intellectual property, commercial real estate, corporate and design related issues. Peter is a member of the board of various Kering brands and acts as Kering’s regional Compliance Officer along with being a member of Kering’s Ethics Committee. Prior to joining Kering, he was employed by PUMA North America, Inc. as its Senior Vice President and General Counsel. He received his JD degree from New England Law – Boston.
Rosalind "Roz" Lichter is a business lawyer specializing in entertainment law, employment law and corporate transactions. Her practice involves all aspects of film, television, theater and publishing. She has been production counsel for films for Miramax, Sony Pictures Classics, Paramount and Warner Bros. She has structured mergers and acquisitions for privately held companies, organized financing for films, TV, and theater productions. In employment law Ms. Lichter has represented executives in magazine publising, fashion, securities, motion pictures, architecture. Ms. Lichter is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts teaching in the graduate and undergraduate film divisions. Ms. Lichter taught entertainment law at Cardozo School of Law from 1991 through 2005. A former board member of New York Women in Film and Television and The Creative Coalition, Ms. Lichter also served as a Juror at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, was a fellow of the National Endowment of the Humanities and received her JD from Cardozo. Ms. Lichter is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York where she recently completed her three-year term as Chair of the Entertainment Law Committee.
Cardozo's fashion, film, art and entertainment courses are housed under multiple departments. For more information about specific courses, clinics or student organizations, please contact the following faculty: